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Healthy Reflection of the Day

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Well dangit. I thought clicking the link would maybe automatically quote it in the journal to talk about. (This was the first time I ever actually felt inspired to write about the topic.)

Well to sum it up for those of you who don't get that Spark email it was about doing things the "hard way". I think that this is really true. I mean sometimes things come easily to us, but we should remember not to take those things for granted and continue to put work into them if they are important to us. Like it's easy for me to play instruments, but if I don't practice I could always improve. I am not reaching my potential if I don't put some hard work into it, even if it's something that comes easily.

If it's something that does NOT come easily. Like for many of us on SparkPeople, LOSING WEIGHT and BEING HEALTHY... do NOT TRY THE "EASY WAY". Diet pills or starvation are so-called shortcuts to weight loss but they do not benefit you in the long run. They are not good for your body. It may be hard to change your lifestyle and eat healthy, and build a habit of healthy excercise, but it is WORTH THE EFFORT. I know there's a saying that anything of worth is gained through effort and hard work. Making your body as healthy as it can be requires time and attention. Even just barely getting healthy, if you are currently very unhealthy, takes a lot of time and attention.

I just found that this thought really rang true with me and it really applies to every arena, but now that I am actually working on my health, I find it is VERY true in that aspect. The path I'm taking may be the LONG way or the HARD way, but I think it's the RIGHT way, the only way to get to my true destination of becoming healthy.



100 Cal Reeses Snack thingie

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Just thought I would share.



Wednesday, March 14, 2007

I also just found out there's a Hatha Yoga class at the gym on Sunday evenings! That's very intriguing to me -- I may have to go check it out!



Wednesday, March 14, 2007

So today I went back to the gym for the first time since I've been sick and let me tell you --

I dunno if it's just cause it's hotter, or because I haven't been in over a week -- but I had to take it slower today. WHAT A BUMMER!!! I had gotten up to doing 30 min at incline 5, 3mph pretty regularly and had started changing it up to increase the challenge -- like slower pace but incline 9 for the first ten minutes, faster lower incline for a while, then going to my "normal" base, but kicking up the incline slooowwwlllyyy... stuff like that.

Today I couldn't do my normal base. So that was kinda a bummer -- I stayed at it for my normal time, and mostly at 3mph, but when I was at that pace, I was at 0 incline. I'm sure I'll get back up in no time as I get used to it again, but that was kind of a bummer!!! :) At least I can tell if I'm pushing myself too hard and not just wear myself out so I can continue to recover from being sick and not relapse. That's a positive out of it!

I'm totally excited because I'm trying some new foods today. Oh and last night!!! Last night I made the "Southwest Chicken Stew" SparkPeople recipe. It was... not really stewlike. But it was good. Basically it's chicken cut bitesizish, green pepper, onion, garlic, Ro-Tel, black beans, corn, seasoned with cumin (I added some salt, pepper, and ground cayenne to heat it up a bit... my husband likes things SPICY.) I tell you what! Those servings are HUGE!!! I planned to have 1.5 since the recipe makes three... and it recommends serving it with rice! We didn't do the rice, but DANG. I was STUFFED. I should have stopped eating it, but I had already entered it into the tracker and even eating all of it I wasn't at my calories for the day. So... bleh.

Next time I make it I think I will serve it in a wrap with some cheese and lettuce and stuff as opposed to eating it as is. That way it's a bit less... HEAVY. And I can get more calories out of it. But yeah, I recommend the recipe! :) But back to today....

I bought some 100 calorie packs (Reeses and ... some chocolate kiss kind...) and also I got these little 50 calorie packs of apple crisps. I figure it'd be good to try some different easy things to audition as regulars. :) hahaha. Oh and I got a Kashi Go Lean Protein Fiber bar. I slept in really late this morning so I grabbed that for pre workout, and I'm gonna eat one of the apple packs and reeses packs in a minute kinda as a post workout food since I didn't have time to have a NORMAL kind of breakfast. The Kashi bar was good... but I don't think I'll be getting a lot of them. It'd be good to have around just in case. The stats on it are pretty good -- you can check out my food tracker on my page if you're curious. :)

For lunch I brought in some Whole Wheat Pitas, a baby spring mix of greens, alfalfa sprouts, Tahini... FRUIT! And some smartfood white cheddar popcorn. :) hehehe. But yeah, I haven't had a pita probably... since I've been married? In a long time. Maybe since then but maybe only once. hahaha. I mean I've had similar stuff, we've done wraps and whatnot. But yeah. So I'm kinda psyched.

Enough rambling...


First Goal Met!

Monday, March 12, 2007

I set a tentative short term goal to be below 270 by April. I figured it was a good idea since everyone else seemed to have short term goals too.

Anyway! WOW I DID IT!! :) I saw the 269 number for the first time ever last week and this morning I weighed in at 268.5. WOOHOO!!! :) That's a little over 20 lbs gone! I can't even believe it! I am a bit wary because I just got over being sick and I'm hoping that I didn't lose weight because of being sick, only to gain it back. But I haven't been able to go to the gym since last Monday. I think I will be good to go on Wednesday finally!! I can't believe I now miss going to the gym! :) hahahaha.

Anyway, I just wanted to document my first EVER met goal! I'm psyched! Even though I'm slightly ahead of my goal curve, I'm still setting my goals based on the long run pace so that if I come across any plateaus I don't get bummed. According to the pace I should weigh in on June 4th at 250. So that's going to be my next short term goal -- 250 by June.

Just imagine -- when I get there, I will have lost FORTY FREAKING POUNDS!!! And I have confidence I can make it, too! :)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NOTDOTCALM 3/13/2007 9:26PM

    Good for you!!!

Found your blog because you posted on mine and when I came to check out your sparkpage I see you are doing so great!

Congratulations on meeting your goal. All milestone goals are HUGE because they propel you towards your final destination in a great way!


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